into Kingston Community Sites
Beyond Classrooms Kingston is a program that moves teachers and their classrooms into community museums, art galleries and community sites for an entire week. The site becomes an extension of the teacher’s classroom where he or she can bring students to enhance their learning skills in critical thinking and problem solving while focusing on a subject or theme.
Teachers are provided with professional development opportunities as they create an innovative, curriculum-based, long-term interdisciplinary study that integrates collaborative, Inquiry based learning into their classrooms.
Working alongside experts and the Beyond Classrooms Kingston Coordinator, the teacher designs and implements a program that uses the students’ week at the site as a catalyst for inquiry-based learning. Learning at a museum or gallery for an entire week takes away the field trip feeling and creates an environment where students slow down their learning, look closely and reflect through journal writing.
Presentations by experts and revisiting the collection continuously build knowledge and connections. Revisiting the collections and galleries creates deeper learning and knowledge.
The opportunity for students to reflect upon their learning through discussion and journaling, promotes critical thinking, multi-faceted learning and literacy within real world experiences.
Students are involved in hands-on learning, and spend extended periods of time observing and reflecting within an authentic setting, which provides them with opportunities to become engaged in discussions, and to take an active role in their educational experiences. These opportunities heighten student learning, and play a significant role in helping to foster attitudes and understandings of cultural awareness, civic pride, community responsibility and stewardship.